Vickers gunning for maximum points during "crazy period of fixtures"

Friday 24th March 2006
VCD Athletic prepare for a busy schedule with three games in the next five days – but manager Martin Ford admits they’re ready for it, writes Stephen McCartney.


Vickers, who have reached two cup finals this season, entertain Hythe Town at Greenwich Borough’s Harrow Meadow tomorrow, before travelling to Deal Town (Monday) and Sporting Bengal on Wednesday night.

Ford, who describes his backlog of fixtures as a “crazy period of fixtures”, told  “It’s a tough ask for my lads, we know that, but I keep preaching we have a big enough squad, so I guess we will find out after that little lot if we have been able to cope.

”I would like to think even with leaving a few players out for the next few games, that we can secure maximum points so we will just have to get on with it and hope injuries are kind to us.”

However, a goalkeeping blunder from goalkeeper Grant Wallis made sure league leaders Maidstone United came away from Harrow Meadow with a point last Tuesday night.

Ford said: “On Tuesday we had the chance to stop the Maidstone bandwagon rolling on to clinch the league title when we played them in a league match at Harrow Meadow.

“After a tentative start by both sides we got into our groove and took the lead from a well worked goal, clinically finished by Ashley Probets.

“If I am honest Maidstone
did not have a lot to offer in reply, and at 1-0 we should have put the game well beyond them.

”If it wasn’t for a bit of luck on their part and some wonderful saves from their keeper, the game could have finished at least 4-0.

“However, our failure to take our chances cost us dear and after a mistake by my goalkeeper, Grant Wallis, they made us pay with an undeserved equaliser.

”We were all disappointed but that’s football.  We had our chance and now we need to push on again.”

VCD Athletic  v  Hythe Town
Kentish Observer League
Saturday 25th March 2006
Kick Off
at Harrow Meadow, Eltham Green Road, Eltham